Hating the Internet is Easy


Party like the Internet is completely over.

Alex Beam hates the Internet.

The crusty (generally ill-tempered) Boston Globe columnist writes:

“Come on. Admit it. You hate the Internet a little, too.  Ten years ago, you could get away with saying that the Himalayan peak K-2 was “about 29,000 feet high.’’ Now, that obnoxious guy — you know who I mean — whips out his iPhone and cheerfully corrects you: “Actually it’s 28,251 feet tall.’’

Confession: I may resemble the dweeb with the iPhone looking up facts on Google and Bing.  Hey, I like to know.

As Beam notes, even the Artist Formerly Known as Prince hates it.  In fact, Mr. Purple Rain predicted that the Internet is “completely over” and added:

“All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

Well, neither was watching the movie “Under the Cherry Moon.”

Hating the Internet seems to be in vogue these days.  One reason might be the success of Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.”  Carr might not hate the Internet, but he sees it as a giant sucking machine vacuuming the literacy right out out of us.

But hating the Internet is like hating the telephone.  Or the television.  What’s the point?  The internet – like the telephone and the television – isn’t going anywhere.

They changed everything when they were invented and went mainstream.  Would society have been better off without either invention?  It’s almost a moot point.  Their effect on society and culture is so deep-rooted at this point that they almost can’t be distinguished from it.  The Internet is the same.  It has already changed everything – and will continue to change everything.

And the changes will be permanent.  There’s no going back.

Prince might think the Internet is over, but then again many people thought his career was over after “Sign O The Times.”

And we were all wrong.

Links:

Alex Beam’s column on hating the Internet

Prince says “The Internet is over.”

IMDb’s posting on “Under the Cherry Moon”

Nicholas Carr’s “The Shallows”

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One Response to “Hating the Internet is Easy”

  1. I hate internet 😦
    It always take a lot of my precious time 😦

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